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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Salt Lake City is a city in Utah with a population of 195,701. Salt Lake City is in Salt Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Utah. Living in Salt Lake City offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Salt Lake City there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Salt Lake City and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Salt Lake City are above average.
About Salt Lake City...
Population
195,701

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$289,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$938
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    400.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    120.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    204.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    790.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,649.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    736.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    22%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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If you like the outdoors, this is the place to be! Skiing and snow sports are 30 minutes away from the airport and 20 minutes from downtown. Summer is a blast with hiking, mountain biking, camping, water sports. There are a ton of lakes within 30 minutes of downtown with camping, fishing and boating options. Southern Utah is red-rock country, and only 3-5 hours away from downtown, depending on which direction you go. The city itself is very conservative, but that just makes the more liberal folks try harder to push back. The art and music scenes are awesome, and believe it or not, we have great beer, wine and spirits made right in our city. There are a ton of bars and clubs, theaters and a large amusement park 25 minutes from downtown.
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I like Salt Lake City an immense amount because of the welcoming atmosphere and opportunity that the city provides. Being a big city, many great companies, stores, and experiences are a very small proximity away. The communities residing within Salt Lake are very gracious and supportive allowing for personal growth throughout the city as a whole. As for recreation, there are countless, unique experiences to have within the one of a kind natural environment of Salt Lake: a vast amount of hiking trails, ski resorts, and even an Olympic Park!
The access to the outdoors is unparalleled. You can be on the snow in 25 minutes, fishing in 30, mountain biking in 10, or in the desert in three hours. It's incredible! The culinary scene here is surprisingly great- all of those years of restriction resulted in some truly innovative bars and restaurants. The University of Utah is taken VERY seriously here; practically everyone has a U sticker on their car, flag in their yard, and is an alumni. The urban sprawl and the air pollution is really really bad, and I wish more steps were being taken to address both, such as more reliable public transportation, initiatives to lessen waste, etc.
Salt Lake is quickly being added to the list of "Big American Cities" and is still somewhat affordable. However, if you're trying to purchase a smaller home (2 bedrooms or less), you're going to have a really hard time.